£35,900,000 ~ Capital Budget allocation for Secondary Estate Mixed Development

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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

£35,900,000 ~
Capital Budget allocation for "Secondary Estate Mixed Development"
==========================================================

For the Council's General Fund Capital Programme (2019-24)—presented to the Cabinet meeting of 11 December—there is a Priority 1 (Children's) item #115, titled "Fortismere School Development" (side of page reference = 86). Over five years, this totals £35,900,000.

1. How much public money—if any—was spent on this project prior to the current financial year, either by the council or by the school?
2. Is any expenditure on this scheme by the school, reimbursable by Haringey Council?
3. In the current financial year (2019/20), on what is the allocated amount of £400,000 intended to be spent, please?
4. In the current financial year, how much of the budgeted £400,000 has been spent to date, or to the most recent accounting point?
5. Please provide a breakdown of this £400,000 spending, to include all amounts greater than £10,000 (ten thousand pounds).
6. By the time of the Cabinet meeting of 12 February 2019, the description of this £35,900,000 item had been altered so as to read "Secondary Estate Mixed Development". At the 15 October 2019 meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (page 53 of the later papers), this change was queried by the Chair of the Board of Governors of the School (a Member of the Committee). What is the reason for the changed description please?
7. Have there been any meetings between (a) the council or school, and (b) education funding agencies?
8. Is there a current working-group for this Project? Under which department is this Project being supervised and which Officer in the council is leading on the scheme please?
9. Since December and In relation to this item, please provide a copy of any reports, records of meetings and emails between the council and the school, or the school's agents or representatives.
10. Between which dates was the current Haringey Council Leader a Governor of the school?

Please answer each question separately, thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter

FOI, Haringey Borough Council



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Dear Mr Carter

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/9314119

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 07 November 2019.

 

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of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
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Dear Haringey Borough Council FoI Team

(please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews).
_____________________________________
Request for an Internal Review: LBH/9314119
£35,900,000 ~ Capital Budget allocation
for Secondary Estate Mixed Development
_____________________________________

Thank you for your message of 8 November 2019, via WhatDoTheyKnow dot com, in which you acknowledged my request of the previous day. You also confirmed that you "will send the response by 05 December 2019".

(I was less grateful for the slightly earlier auto-response that attempted to discourage my future use of WDTK dot com. However, I will be writing separately to the CEO about that message—now apparently deleted from the WDTK server—as well to raise wider questions concerning the council's FoI responses in general, over a lengthy period).

Other than the above two auto-messages, I have received no communications from you about my current Request:

_____________
Internal Review

On Friday 6th December 2019, the deadline for a response to my current Request passed. I would therefore ask for an Internal Review seeking three things: 

1. What is the reason for the delay?
2. Why have I not received an explanation for the delay?
3. Complete answers to each of the 10 questions, separately.

_____
I note

• Haringey Council is currently in breach of the Freedom of Information Act (2000)
• No part or Section of the Act provides for exemption on the grounds that a prompt response, or any response, could prove embarrassing for the Council
• Section 16 of the Act mandates helpfulness on the part of those in the ambit of the Act
• I appreciate that my information Request seeks answers to several (closely related) questions. However, over the next five years they concern the spending of at least £35,000,000 of public money. This is far from a trivial matter and yet appears to have seen little scrutiny or documentation thus far

_______________________
Information Commissioner

In view of the delay, the like of which I have seen before, I ask for a prompt Internal Review. Sustained prevarication could be viewed as a constructive refusal. If I do not have a full reply to the three points (above) in an Internal Review, then I will seek advice from the Information Commissioner.

A history of my FOI request is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Please acknowledge this message.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter

FOI, Haringey Borough Council



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Haringey Borough Council

Dear Mr Carter,

 

Internal Review regarding Freedom of Information request
reference LBH/9314119

 

Thank you for your email received on 09 December 2019.

 

Your request for an Internal Review has been logged with the reference
LBH/9406019. Please quote this reference number on any further
correspondence.

 

We will now review the response you have been sent to the above request
and I aim to let you know the outcome of our investigation by 09 January
2020. If I need longer, I will write to let you know the reason and when
you can expect a full reply.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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Haringey Borough Council

 Dear Mr Carter,

 

Your complaint that the Council breached the Freedom of Information Act/
Environmental Information Regulations LBH/9314119

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to review your complaint regarding
your Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations
request.

I’d firstly like to apologise that we have not responded to this request
within the statutory timescale.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 1 (1) states:

Any person making a request for information to a public authority is
entitled—

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request, and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

Section 10 (1) states:

A public authority must comply with section 1(1) promptly and in any event
not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt.

Therefore we have failed to comply with the sections 1 (1) and 10 (1) of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we have failed to respond to your
request within the 20 working days and I uphold your complaint.

 I apologise for this failure to respond to your FOI request in time.

In response to your specific questions:

1.  What is the reason for the delay?

We didn’t hold some of the information directly and were trying to
accommodate your request as fully as we could.

2.  Why have I not received an explanation for the delay? 

I am sorry that you were not provided with a holding response, or that the
information we do hold was not provided to you earlier.  

 3.  Complete answers to each of the 10 questions, separately.

I am unable to provide this today but I am assured that the response will
now be sent to you on Friday 10 Jan.

I hope that you are satisfied with my response to your complaint. If you
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Yours sincerely

Sue Dyos

Feedback Team Leader 

Corporate and Customer Services

Haringey Council

rom: Clive Carter
Sent: Monday, December 9, 2019 11:15 AM
To: FOI
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - £35,900,000 ~
Capital Budget allocation for Secondary Estate Mixed Development

 

Dear Haringey Borough Council FoI Team

(please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews).
_____________________________________
Request for an Internal Review: LBH/9314119
£35,900,000  ~  Capital Budget allocation
for Secondary Estate Mixed Development
_____________________________________

Thank you for your message of 8 November 2019, via WhatDoTheyKnow dot com,
in which you acknowledged my request of the previous day. You also
confirmed that you "will send the response by 05 December 2019".

(I was less grateful for the slightly earlier auto-response that attempted
to discourage my future use of WDTK dot com. However, I will be writing
separately to the CEO about that message—now apparently deleted from the
WDTK server—as well to raise wider questions concerning the council's FoI
responses in general, over a lengthy period).

Other than the above two auto-messages, I have received no communications
from you about my current Request:

_____________
Internal Review

On Friday 6th December 2019, the deadline for a response to my current
Request passed. I would therefore ask for an Internal Review seeking three
things: 

1.  What is the reason for the delay?
2.  Why have I not received an explanation for the delay?
3.  Complete answers to each of the 10 questions, separately.

_____
I note

•  Haringey Council is currently in breach of the Freedom of Information
Act (2000)
•  No part or Section of the Act provides for exemption on the grounds
that a prompt response, or any response, could prove embarrassing for the
Council
•  Section 16 of the Act mandates helpfulness on the part of those in the
ambit of the Act
•  I appreciate that my information Request seeks answers to several
(closely related) questions. However, over the next five years they
concern the spending of at least £35,000,000 of public money. This is far
from a trivial matter and yet appears to have seen little scrutiny or
documentation thus far

_______________________
Information Commissioner

In view of the delay, the like of which I have seen before, I ask for a
prompt Internal Review. Sustained prevarication could be viewed as a
constructive refusal. If I do not have a full reply to the three points
(above) in an Internal Review, then I will seek advice from the
Information Commissioner.

A history of my FOI request is available on the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Please acknowledge this message.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter

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Dear Mr Carter,

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/9314119

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 07 November 2019 my
response is shown below:

 

 1. How much public money—if any—was spent on this project prior to the
current financial year, either by the council or by the school?

£30,000 was issued to the school in 17/18 for a Feasibility Report and
£48,901 was spent in Project Management for options appraisal work to
assess viability of study.

 

 2. Is any expenditure on this scheme by the school, reimbursable by
Haringey Council?

No expenditure on this scheme by the school is reimbursable by Haringey
Council

 

 3. In the current financial year (2019/20), on what is the allocated
amount of £400,000 intended to be spent, please?

In the current financial year, £400,000 has been allocated for an options
appraisal. This funding has been agreed but not spent.

 

 4. In the current financial year, how much of the budgeted £400,000 has
been spent to date, or to the most recent accounting point?

There has been no expenditure this financial year. The funding has been
allocated but not spent.

 

 5. Please provide a breakdown of this £400,000 spending, to include all
amounts greater than £10,000 (ten thousand pounds).

There has been no expenditure this financial year.

 

 6. By the time of the Cabinet meeting of 12 February 2019, the
description of this £35,900,000 item had been altered so as to read
"Secondary Estate Mixed Development". At the 15 October 2019 meeting
of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (page 53 of the later papers),
this change was queried by the Chair of the Board of Governors of the
School (a Member of the Committee). What is the reason for the changed
description please?

This change was an error.

 

 7. Have there been any meetings between (a) the council or school, and
(b) education funding agencies?  

No

 

 8. Is there a current working-group for this Project? Under which
department is this Project being supervised and which Officer in the
council is leading on the scheme please?

No

 

 9. Since December and In relation to this item, please provide a copy of
any reports, records of meetings and emails between the council and
the school, or the school's agents or representatives.

The programme team/projects have not been in correspondence with the
school or agents/representatives

 

10. Between which dates was the current Haringey Council Leader a Governor
of the school?

Cllr Ejiofor was appointed to the governing body on 29 June 2016 and
resigned on 2 June 2018.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Eveleen Riordan

Assistant Director, Schools and Learning

 

Haringey Council

River Park House, 225 High Road, London N22 8HQ

 

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FOI request:

 

Dear Haringey Borough Council,

 

£35,900,000 ~

Capital Budget allocation for "Secondary Estate Mixed Development"

==========================================================

 

For the Council's General Fund Capital Programme (2019-24)—presented to
the Cabinet meeting of 11 December—there is a Priority 1 (Children's) item
#115, titled "Fortismere School Development" (side of page reference =
86). Over five years, this totals £35,900,000.

 

1.  How much public money—if any—was spent on this project prior to the
current financial year,  either by the council or by the school? Zoanne
Cadzow

2.  Is any expenditure on this scheme by the school, reimbursable by
Haringey Council?

3.  In the current financial year (2019/20), on what is the allocated
amount of £400,000 intended to be spent, please?

4.  In the current financial year, how much of the budgeted £400,000 has
been spent to date, or to the most recent accounting point?

5.  Please provide a breakdown of this £400,000 spending, to include all
amounts greater than £10,000 (ten thousand pounds).

6.  By the time of the Cabinet meeting of 12 February 2019, the
description of this £35,900,000 item had been altered so as to read
"Secondary Estate Mixed Development".  At the 15 October 2019 meeting of
the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (page 53 of the later papers), this
change was queried by the Chair of the Board of Governors of the School (a
Member of the Committee). What is the reason for the changed description
please? 

7.  Have there been any meetings between (a) the council or school, and
(b) education funding agencies?

8.  Is there a current working-group for this Project? Under which
department is this Project being supervised and which Officer in the
council is leading on the scheme please?

9.  Since December and In relation to this item, please provide a copy of
any reports, records of meetings and emails between the council and the
school, or the school's agents or representatives.

10.  Between which dates was the current Haringey Council Leader a
Governor of the school?

 

Please answer each question separately, thank you.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Clive Carter

 

 

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Gadawodd Robert Lindsay-Smith anodiad ()

It is refreshingly clear to read the answer to your question 6: 'This change was an error'.